Making Faces – Whyyyy did I read this book?? But… 10

Awww, this was kinda sweet!

You know, I think I like this girl Amy Harmon. I want to keep an eye on her 🙂

3.8 awww so sweet stars!

About the book

Making Faces

[Amazon freebie and Library audio book]

Ambrose Young was beautiful. He was tall and muscular, with hair that touched his shoulders and eyes that burned right through you. The kind of beautiful that graced the covers of romance novels, and Fern Taylor would know. She’d been reading them since she was thirteen. But maybe because he was so beautiful he was never someone Fern thought she could have…until he wasn’t beautiful anymore.

Making Faces is the story of a small town where five young men go off to war, and only one comes back. It is the story of loss. Collective loss, individual loss, loss of beauty, loss of life, loss of identity. It is the tale of one girl’s love for a broken boy, and a wounded warrior’s love for an unremarkable girl. This is a story of friendship that overcomes heartache, heroism that defies the common definitions, and a modern tale of Beauty and the Beast, where we discover that there is a little beauty and a little beast in all of us.






Maybe you already know this but… I don’t read LOTSA Contemporary Romance. At least not if I can help it. Nuh-Hu. Because… Where is the edginess, the gory?? The “OMG WE ARE ALL GONNA DIIIIIIE, SWOOOOLY AND PAINFUUUULLY!!!”  of a good Dark Urban Fantasy, Horror or Dystopian/Apocalyptic ??

But I do read this genre, especially when I’m in one of my frequent reading slumps, in which case I’d try to read ANYTHING. Even the take out menus.

But, I read Making Faces back in April when I was a reading beast! So, I don’t have even a minuscule idea of why I felt compelled to read it.

I’m pretty sure it was another Dory moment.


Probably one of those historical  “Perfect Storms“, an auspicious planetary configuration, an unusual set of circumstances…

  1. A blogger friend said it was good 🙂 [and I’m very easy to influence when it comes to books, (among other things). I want to read what my blogger friends are reading. 🙂 ]
  2. It has TONS of good reviews [again, she follows the masses, rolling my eyes 😉 ]
  3. It was an amazon freebie
  4. Narration was available for only $1.99
  5. And… most importantly…  When I saw the cover with the girl with the face half-covered by her hair, I thought it was a thriller or horror. SMH!

So, yes. Another Dory moment.

But one I’m glad I had because Making Faces was a nice great break from all that apocalyptic madness of Springgedon.

AND I said I was going to post some romance reviews in the summer. So, here we are! A contemporary romance review! So let’s do this!

ALL 3.8 stars go to the writing. The writing was REALLY GOOD! This was such a beautifully written story! That’s why I want to keep an eye on Amy Harmon. I want to read more of her books.

Reading this book was like a lazy Sunday morning’s breakfast in the country: steamy cup of good coffee, a pile of homemade pancakes dripping melted butter and syrup, a sunrise, bugs chirping in the background… 100% small town charm. 🙂

Until tragedy strikes! Then you know, comes all the drama, for which I wasn’t particularly crazy about.

Same way I wasn’t crazy about the main characters.

First, Fern. She is sweet, a high school wallflower, body-image issues… All very nice but, unfortunately, I wasn’t crazy about her. Too sweet, too perfect.

And then there was Ambrose… the I-am-totally-dark-tall-and-handsome-son-of-underwear-Italian-supermodel-and-I-could-be-the-typical-high-school-jock-but-I-am-not who decides to quit his cool life as the town wrestler-super-start and go off to war. So there is bravery, sacrifice, death, loss, grave injuries, and now he has image issues too. For some reason I wasn’t crazy about Ambrose or his story either.

So, I wasn’t crazy about Fern and Ambrose love story either.


Bailey, their BFF was SO precious! As was his way to cope with muscular dystrophy, and his kindness and wit. When he found out about his illness hen he was little… That story broke my heart! 🙁

So this is a tale of vanity and superficiality, and how life has a way to humble you. It was sweet and touching, very well written, but other than the characters dealing with image issues, disability, death and loss they story didn’t feel too original.


Do I make sense? No, right. I rarely do. 🙂

What about you? Do you like Contemporary Romance?

Have you read this book? Did you like it?

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10 thoughts on “Making Faces – Whyyyy did I read this book?? But…

  • Barb (boxermommyreads)

    OK. I think you make total sense which probably says something about the both of us 🙂 You know I don’t usually read contemporary books either (unless there is a dog and then all bets are off – or in some cases, the dog only has to be on the cover which means I was tricked into reading it and am probably more than likely pissed). Looking at the cover, I can totally see where one might think this is horror. Maybe it’s horror in the sense of “isn’t it horrific you actually picked up this book.” However, I’m glad you found some redeeming qualities in it and it’s cool you enjoyed it. I like Beauty and the Beast (along with Red Riding Hood – you know, come to think of it, I’m fans of the Beast and the Wolf so that also probably says something about my horror tendencies) so I can see how this one could be appealing.

  • Greg

    I like that cover. And yes it screams thriller to me too! In fact I wish it was lol so I could add it. But glad it was good. Kinda. I know what you mean, sometimes I like a book even if it wasn’t great- but I just do? For no reason I can explain? Yeah.

  • chucklesthescot

    To answer your question, I don’t ever read romance or contemporary romance! I just find it all bores me. I need an apocalypse or something scary to get the blood pumping or some urban fantasy to entertain! Occasionally I have tried the odd contemporary if I really like the sound of the story but I find one good one in about 50 which isn’t really worth it so I avoid them now. I find if I don’t like the characters and don’t care about their story, I DNF it so it’s interesting that you liked it in spite of that.

  • Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    I had this one on my TBR – and sitting on my bookshelf – for several years before I read it a couple months ago. I kept purposely etting it aside and waiting in order to prolong the anticipation (I do this all the time). I was certain I was going to LOVE it so I put it off and put it off. (Delayed gratification and all that. I’m sure a therapist would have a field day with me. LOL) And it killed me that I didn’t love it like I was sure I would. I liked it A LOT but it wasn’t one of those oh-my-god-this-book-is-life-changing instant favorite kind of books. Maybe I had built it up too much and my expectations were too high by the time I finally read it. I did like Fern, I liked Ambrose – they were such good-hearted characters. And Bailey was precious and broke my heart. This my second by Amy Harmon, the first being From Sand and Ash, a WWII-era historical – and I will say that I love her writing and she has a gift for getting me emotionally invested and I’ll definitely read more from her.